Calling Purpose

In my own life I’ve been feeling the pull to do whatever it is that I do. For many people in the younger generation, myself included, we are no longer defined by a single idea, field of study, or job description. We are not bound by the dogmas of one political party or religious institution. We of the younger generation are a conglomerate of world ambassadors living in the Age of Information. Yet this vague identity is often very confusing both for us and for former generations. From their perspective we are the generation reaping the benefits from their labor and dogma.

From our perspective, their labor and dogma got us into this mess in the first place.

Many young people today are wondering where their place is. Not because they aren’t necessarily qualified or talented, but because this place is terminally ill. We don’t sense it – we know it. Something is seriously wrong with society. A 24/7 sermon from preachers, politicians, and pundits keep the masses on track. But this culmination of greed and ignorance is coming to a head.

We did not come all this way just to hang out.

In the midst of the madness, an amnesiac society, a teetering ecology and economy, one can’t help but wonder if this is really why we came all the way to planet earth. There are times at night when I wonder what the hell I’m doing here, alive in this body. Sometimes when I wake up I feel that I should have woken up hours ago, before it’s even light. I feel the need to do something, anything. There is a need to believe that my creation has a place and a purpose.

Yet that is the reason we are here!

 We are here to change the very definition of what it means to be human. We are not consumers. We are not republican or democrat, Christian or Hindu. Those are merely identity codes in this matrix of reality-belief.

Reality is a program and we are the programers

We all want to be accepted. As individual parts of a much MUCH greater whole, our contribution can appear to be miniscule at best.

“Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it.” Gandhi

The fact that life even exists in the first place, in this moment, is a miracle.

The best way to accelerate this miracle is get outside. If you ever need  something to tell you what to do, just look to nature – it’s doing it all the time. In these days of heavy external programing from outside sources like public school, religion, media, or grandparents,  the surest way to reboot is to go for a good long hike.

“Successful navigation of this most perilous time in human history requires psychologically and spiritually mature men and women who can engender a mature human species. For nature-based people, initiated adulthood is developed in intimate relationship with the earth, the larger organism who births and sustains us. For contemporary people whose culture discounts or even disdains an intimate relationship  with nature and soul, reaching psychological and spiritual maturity is challenging but possible, and never more necessary than now.”

-Bill Plotkin  Soulcraft

There is a divine creativity that nature expresses in the essence of Her being and she is a very willing teacher. There has never been a more crucial time for the emergence of creativity on large scale. Find the seat of your soul underneath a tree – meditate, breathe; call in your highest self and request guidance. Surrender.

We are the new leaders in this Great Shift. We came to participate, to co-create and to inspire. For all of us, there are times when we doubt our own divinity, or we worry the value of our seemingly small contributions. This is ok. This is part of the journey. Trust that the place where Spirit most needs you is where your greatest passions flourish. Celebrate in the infinite potential that your soul harbors. Be creative and don’t worry what comes – for our ripples travel vast distances, arriving in great waves along wide shores. We must believe that our value cannot be defined, for it is in that belief where our truest power and greatest contribution lies.

2 thoughts on “Calling Purpose

  1. Oh, thank you! This is what I am working on today. Identifying my diverse purposes and moving to discover in which ways I can fulfill each of them…
    Continued luck on your fascinating journey!!

  2. Great post, Michael! After rereading it, a few things came to mind. One was Aunt Betty’s mantra: “Don’t do what you love, love what you do.” Yes, I lived in the era of getting a job right out of college. I was very lucky that I found one then that I loved so much! While teaching, unfortunately, lost its attraction I know there are other careers or choices out there. Following our passions will lead us to our purpose.

    And it is often hard to feel that we can change our world since we are just one person. But it has been done over and over. Dr. Paul Farmer changed conditions in Haiti as Greg Mortenson did in Afghanistan.

    Finally, I totally agree with your advice to get out into Nature. She will take care of us. Hopefully, we’ll do our part to pay her back.

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